AFL – Round 4 preview: Playing the Man (or Woman)?

This week’s fixtures are tantalising with intriguing encounters riddled throughout the weekend, writes Sal Ciardulli, fresh from tipping seven winners last weekend.

Round 3 Preview – Have you Hird the one about?

Sal Ciardulli’s Blues are 0-2 but he’s happy to point out there is a certain club with bigger concerns right now.

AFL Round 2 preview: Oh the Humanity

Round 1 was tough for the tipsters but Sal Ciardulli managed three. See what he has in store for you this week.

The Rest of Round 1 Preview

A cornucopia of tipping advice from Sal Ciardulli who has tipped the Giants (to stay competitive for 10 minutes).

Round 1/2 Preview

Trying to pick a winner in the footy and the horses, let Sal Ciardulli help with his infamous tips.

Enough of the Preliminaries! 2013 Season Preview

The fixture is going to have a marked effect on team placings at the end of the year. Let Sal Ciardulli show you (Tigers, Roos, Carlton fans look away now).

Who’s a Jolly good fellow?

Darren Jolly used his piece in The Age to argue for more of a players voice on the rules committee and then went ahead stated that 3 members have relevant recent experience.

Dear Mickey, I’m feeling unwell

Sal Ciardulli has submitted his wellness report to Mickey Arthur.

As the summer fades…..

Sal Ciardulli reflects on the summer of cricket and looks ahead to the weekend’s footy and racing.

Vlad the Prince

The Melbourne “agreement” stinks of Machiavellian pragmatism with a couple of sacrificial lambs thrown to the wolves in Dean Bailey and Chris Conolly and a $500,000 fine that will undoubtedly be covered by AFL special dividends.

A big couple of days in sport

Sal Ciardulli has a few things to say about footy and cricket and gives us a quaddie for C.F.Orr Stakes Day

Second Test: I suppose it is still the Boxing Day Test and we fans are definitely not being rotated.

Sal Ciardulli isn’t rotating himself. He’s off to the cricket no matter who is playing. And you are welcome to join him for a beer.

Grand Final preview: Medals, smokies and the first goal

Resident tipster Sal Ciardulli makes his prediction and provides some smokies for the Norm Smith and first goal.

The Penultimate Week

Welcome to the Penultimate Week! We are now down to four and the news this week has been focussed on the selection of a team that will never play together.  The All-Australian team is not something that particularly interests me (Especially when there are no Blues in it) and the discussion and debate over it [Read more]

Ol’ Micky Blue Eyes

Greetings to all, However, perhaps not such a joyous September after the tragic and untimely death of John McCarthy, a young life taken and a reminder of how precious our time is. But the footy machine continues to roll on with Carlton unveiling the worst kept secret in history.  When will clubs stop putting up [Read more]

Four legs good, Stevie J bad

A joyious September to all, Finally the AFL have got one right with the people’s bard Paul Kelly taking the stage as part of Grand Final Day.  To me no one is more deserving of the honour of performing before the Grand Final, he immortalised our sporting cathedral in his 1987 single “Leaps and Bounds” [Read more]

Let the Finals begin……

Carlton’s abject failure has been a godsend for the Bombers whose fall from a leading contender has been spectacular, how long before the Golden Boy gets the treatment that Ratten has received? Again injuries cruelled the Bombers, but they have their plans. From a mere mortal perspective I am not sure inducing lots of injuries is a great strategy – hamstring injuries are often repetitive and the more you tear ‘em the more likely it is you will tear ‘em again.

AFL Round 22: The Richie Benaud round

Round 22 descends upon us with a multitude of permutations possible to shape the finals, including the possibility of a Carlton – Collingwood Elimination Final. In Bruce speak “What a delicious fortnight confronts us” – but it is only the entrée to what September will bring.

Who are the Untouchables?

Happy Olympic Hangover to all, London has come and gone with the Aussies not reaching the maddening heights expected by the masses, but actually performing to expectations of the rationalists save for our less than expected return from the pool.  But we can now look forward to the happiest time of the year, September through [Read more]

The Sally Pearson Round

Greetings to all, Vlad might be having a blast at the Olympics – but once again his charges make sure that the news inches are adorned with AFL.  But before addressing those some Olympic observations.  Have been a fan of Sally Pearson ever since she screamed “did you see me” at Maurie Plant after claiming [Read more]